Union Government approves green licence plates for private electric vehicles

May 10, 2018 17:17 IST
Union Government approves green licence plates for private electric vehicles

The Union Government on May 10, 2018 approved green licence plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private electric-vehicles and yellow font for taxis.


  • The objective behind distinctive number plates for e-vehicles is their easy identification for preferential treatment in parking, free entry in congested zones besides other proposed benefits like concessional toll.
  • The electric vehicles will bring down vehicular pollution.

Other decisions in the pipeline to promote e-vehicle’s use

• The government also announced its plan to allow youth of 16-18 years to drive electric scooters. As per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, those in the age group of 16-18 years can be granted with licence for below 50 CC gearless scooters.

• The government is also in view of exempting e-vehicles from permits with an aim to promote their use.  

• Moreover, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will request the Finance Ministry to allow the rate of depreciation on electric-vehicles at 50 percent as against the rate of 15 percent for conventional vehicles.

• The government is also considering asking taxi aggregators to have a fixed share of electric vehicles from 2020 onwards, which could be 1 percent of the fleet every year.

• Similarly, all public transport operators may also be mandated to provide 1 percent incremental fleet from 2020 onwards.

• There is also a proposal to bring down the GST on batteries to 12 percent at par with the GST on electric-vehicles.

Electric-vehicles fleet in India

• As per the estimates, India at present has 1 to 1.5 lakh electric vehicles and the fleet is projected to grow to about 5 percent of the total vehicles in the next five years.

• Of the about 24 million vehicles sold in India in 2017-18, electric vehicles accounted for barely about 1 percent.

Four kinds of Number Plates in India

Type of Vehicle

Number plate

Private cars

White licence plates with numbers on black font

Commercial vehicles

Yellow plates with fonts in black

Self-driven rental vehicles

Black plates with yellow font letters

Vehicles of the President and Governors

Red licence plates with the national emblem

Vehicles of Embassies and High Commissions

Blue plates with white font letters for

Army vehicles

Different registration system given by the defence ministry


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